2 people bit at Fire Island beaches

Lester Mason
July 19, 2018

Two children were bitten in the leg in the waters off New York's Fire Island on Wednesday in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings, authorities said.

What appeared to be a shark's tooth was extracted from the boy's leg and was be analyzed to determine the species he encountered while boogie-boarding at Atlantique Beach in the town of Islip, 5o miles (80km) east of Manhattan, officials said.

"He had a series of puncture wounds on his leg", Smith said. The boy was able to walk on and off a police boat and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

A spokeswoman for the town of Islip said the people were bitten off Atlantique Beach and Sailors Haven, which are about four-and-a-half miles apart, around noon. No further information was immediately available.


"I saw something next to me and I kind of felt pain and I saw a fin, I don't know how to describe it, and then I ran out of the water because I felt it", Lola said at a press conference.

Fire Island Ocean Rescue Chief Lifeguard Craig Amarando praised the boy's calmness after the incident. The beaches have been closed as police helicopters search the water for the shark or sharks.

"The Suffolk County Marine Bureau is awaiting identification of the tooth from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Marine Bureau", Rogers said in a statement, "and has not confirmed the incident as a shark bite".

Two youngsters frolicking in the surf miles apart along the Fire Island National Seashore in NY suffered puncture wounds to their legs on Wednesday in apparent shark attacks that would mark the state's first such incidents in 70 years, authorities said. "We were at the beach and there wasn't a tiger or anything", she said, laughing. Bathers were allowed to return to the water after the lifeguard sighting was confirmed to be a sandbar shark.

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